28 February, 2024

Eating disorder recovery and beyond: Respecting individuality and identity

Eating disorders awareness: a purple flower blooms under the light of a ray of sunshine

St Patrick’s Mental Health Services (SPMHS) is hosting an online event exploring eating disorder recovery and identifying the signs of eating disorders.

The webinar, being delivered by the multidisciplinary Eating Disorders Programme team here in SPMHS, is being held to mark Eating Disorders Awareness Week (EDAW) 2024. It takes place on Wednesday, 28 February between 6pm and 7.30pm.

The theme for EDAW 2024 is “Eating disorder recovery and beyond: Respecting individuality and identity”, and the webinar will explore several areas related to this.

Leah Hargadon, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) Therapist, and Laura Griffin, Occupational Therapist, will present on eating disorder recovery and the sense of fragility a person may feel following an eating disorder. They will look at ways of building a positive sense of identity after such a mental health difficulty.

Dr Gary Cooney, Consultant Psychiatrist in Eating Disorders, and Dr Bernadette Kevin, Senior Registrar in Psychiatry, will then present on the recognition or detection of eating disorders. Despite increasing awareness of eating disorders, early detection remains a challenge, especially where individuals don’t fit typical or classical presentations. This will involve looking at ways to deepen our understanding of how to identify illness, which - in the context of society’s focus on diet, weight and fitness - may go unnoticed for quite some time. We will look particularly at under-represented groups in eating disorders and consider some of the obstacles to treatment that exist, relating to themes of identity and individuality.

This webinar is suitable for a general audience and anyone working in healthcare environments.

The webinar is free to attend, but registration is essential. If you have any queries about this event or any accessibility requirements for attending, please email communications@stpatricks.ie.

Register for our eating disorder webinar here. 

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